The late comedian Rodney Dangerfield always complained about getting no respect. Maybe Alabama softball coach Patrick Murphy should take over that mantle.

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Murphy's Team 28 got NO players on the preseason All-SEC Team released Wednesday by the league office and the 2024 Crimson Tide was picked to finish sixth in the regular season SEC race.

Tennessee, the defending SEC champion, has been picked to be the top program for the 2024 SEC softball season following a vote by the league’s 13 head coaches in the annual preseason poll.

Here's what the SEC Office had to say:

"Tennessee and Georgia, who finished in second place in the poll, each earned six first-place votes, while Florida had one. Points were compiled on a descending basis. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

"The preseason All-SEC Team was also selected by a vote of the head coaches. Ten schools were represented on the team, with Tennessee leading the way with five selections. Georgia and LSU both had four, and Auburn, Florida, Kentucky and Missouri each had two. Arkansas, South Carolina and Texas A&M each claimed one preseason accolade. The Preseason All-SEC Softball Team consists of a minimum of 21 players and no ties are broken.

"SEC teams are slated to begin the 2024 softball season on Thursday, February 8, with conference play set to begin on Friday, March 8. The 2024 SEC Softball Tournament is scheduled for May 7-11 at Jane B. Moore Field in Auburn, Ala."

2024 SEC Softball Preseason Coaches’ Poll

(First-Place Votes in Parentheses)

Place

School

Points

1.

Tennessee (6)

137

2.

Georgia (6)

136

3.

LSU

106

4.

Arkansas

103

5.

Auburn

100

6.

Alabama

88

7.

Florida (1)

77

8.

Texas A&M

75

9.

South Carolina

68

10.

Kentucky

53

11.

Missouri

28

12.

Ole Miss

24

13.

Mississippi State

19

2024 Preseason All-SEC Softball Team

Name, School

Class

Hometown

Rylin Hedgecock, Arkansas

R-Sr.

Valdosta, Ga.

Maddie Penta, Auburn

Sr.

Chesapeake City, Md.

Nelia Peralta, Auburn

Jr.

Wellington, Fla.

Kendra Falby, Florida

Jr.

Odessa, Fla.

Skylar Wallace, Florida

R-Sr.

Woodstock, Ga.

Jayda Kearney, Georgia

Sr.

Columbus, N.J.

Sydney Kuma, Georgia

Gr.

Fresno, Calif.

Sara Mosley, Georgia

Fifth Year

Ellijay, Ga.

Shelby Walters, Georgia

Gr.

Cohutta, Ga.

Erin Coffel, Kentucky

Sr.

Bremen, Ind.

Stephanie Schnoover, Kentucky

Sr.

Dothan, Ala.

Sydney Berzon, LSU

So.

Buffalo, N.Y.

Ciara Briggs, LSU

Gr.

Yorba Linda, Calif.

Danieca Coffey, LSU

Sr.

Richwood, Texas

Taylor Pleasants, LSU

Gr.

Houston, Texas

Alex Honnold, Missouri

Sr.

West Des Moines, Iowa

Jenna Laird, Missouri

Sr.

East Meadow, N.Y.

Alana Vawter, South Carolina

Fifth Year

Kansas City, Mo.

McKenna Gibson, Tennessee

Jr.

Santa Clarita, Calif.

Payton Gottshall, Tennessee

Gr.

Massillon, Ohio

Kiki Milloy, Tennessee

Gr.

Woodinville, Wash.

Karlyn Pickens, Tennessee

So.

Weaverville, N.C.

Zaida Puni, Tennessee

Sr.

Carson, Calif.

Julia Cottrill, Texas A&M

Sr.

Wichita, Kan.

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